News Headlines for Current School Year

FWCS Graduation Rate Tops 90% (Wednesday, April 16, 2014)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools graduation rate topped 90 percent for the Class of 2013, an increase from last year and higher than the state average.

For the FWCS Class of 2013, the graduation rate was 90.7 percent, higher than the state average of 88.6 percent and an increase from the Class of 2012 when the FWCS graduation rate was 87 (read full article)

Community Leaders Learn that Seeing is Believing (Tuesday, April 15, 2014)

Local business and community leaders will have an opportunity to learn more about the cutting edge educational programs offered at Fort Wayne Community Schools during the Seeing is Believing Tour Thursday, April 17.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council partnered with FWCS to provide a bus tour of the district with (read full article)

Croninger Named Four Star School (Tuesday, April 15, 2014)

Croninger Elementary School has been designated a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education.

Schools are awarded the designation if they are among the top 25 percent of schools in the state, based on the results of ISTEP+ taken at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Statewide, 311 public and private schools were named Four (read full article)

Schools Welcome Future Pre-K and Kindergarten Students (Thursday, April 10, 2014)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary schools will have orientation and early registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students this month. All elementary schools will have kindergarten orientation and early registration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Schools offering pre-K will have orientation at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

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Grown-Ups Make Bid for Honeycomb Trophy in Annual Spelling Contest (Monday, March 24, 2014)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Study Connection is hosting its Fourth Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee to raise money for the after-school program.

The event will be held Friday, April 25, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Teams of three work together to spell words in each round, and like traditional spelling bees, are eliminated (read full article)

School Choice Survey Results Now Available (Friday, March 14, 2014)

Fort Wayne Community Schools is sharing the results of a School Choice Survey taken by parents and community members in the fall. More than 2,000 people provided feedback on the factors that influence where to send their children to school.

“We are committed to providing high-quality, innovative programs that ensure stude (read full article)

FWCS, Fort Wayne Area PTA Council Host Information Meetings (Friday, March 7, 2014)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees and administrators will co-host a series of informational meetings with the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council this month. The purpose of the meetings is to give parents and community members an opportunity to hear more about issues facing FWCS and education in Indiana.

The meeting schedule (read full article)

Students Get Ready for First Round of ISTEP+ (Thursday, March 6, 2014)

Elementary and middle school students will begin this year’s first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, March 10, a week later than originally planned because of school closures in January and February. Students in third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format next week. Beginning April 28, they wi (read full article)

New Partnership a Win-Win for Students, Future Educators & the Region (Wednesday, March 5, 2014)

Research indicates that 74 percent of students not reading at grade level by the third grade do not graduate from high school. If Northeast Indiana doesn’t have the educated workforce employers need, the region will not be able to compete for new jobs and attract new businesses.

Recognizing the critical connection between literacy (read full article)

Continuing Ed Graduation Celebrates Success (Monday, March 3, 2014)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult and Continuing Education Department will celebrate the success of 574 graduates at its Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at North Side High School.

Prior to the Commencement Ceremony the Literacy Alliance will host a reception from 6-6:45 p.m. at North Side. Six graduating students (read full article)

Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday (Thursday, February 27, 2014)

Students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday by participating in Read Across America events.

Scheduled events include:

Friday, Feb. 28

  • At Nebraska Elementary, 1525 Boone St., local veterans from the 122nd Air National Guard will visit throughout th (read full article)

    What's Next? Find Out at the Northeast Indiana College Fair (Wednesday, February 26, 2014)

    For today’s students, continuing their education after high school isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. Whether a student plans to go to college, enter a skilled trades program or enlist in the military, additional education will be a part of their future. For those still deciding what the next step is, the Northeast Indiana (read full article)

    FWCS Lottery to be Held Friday (Wednesday, February 26, 2014)

    The Fort Wayne Community Schools lottery for all grade levels will be held Friday, Feb. 28, at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St.

    The elementary lottery will be at 9 a.m. in the Grile Boardroom with the middle and high school lottery taking place at 1 p.m. The lotteries are open to the public.

    FWCS allows parent (read full article)

    FWCS Extends School Day to Make Up Time Lost to Cancellations (Monday, February 24, 2014)

    The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a plan Monday, Feb. 24, to extend the school day by one hour from March 3-April 11, with the exception of Friday, March 28, to make up for time lost to weather cancellations in January and February. March 28 is the last day of school before Spring Break.

    FWCS had to cance (read full article)

    Local PTAs Head to Indianapolis, Northrop Honored by Senate (Wednesday, February 12, 2014)

    Dozens of local PTA members will participate in the annual Indiana PTA Legislative Conference Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) Building, 150 West Market St., Indianapolis. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. with PTA members from across the state gathering to discuss education legislatio (read full article)

    FWCS Spring Driver Education Session Begins Soon (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)

    Fort Wayne Community School will offer Driver Education from Feb. 18-April 15 at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.

    Classes will be offered from 4:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at least 15 years old before the session begins. The st (read full article)

    FWCS Celebrates Riley Champion, Kicks Off Annual Event (Monday, February 10, 2014)

    Fort Wayne Community Schools celebrated one of this year’s Riley Champions and kicked off its annual Kids Caring & Sharing fundraising event for Riley Hospital for Children on Monday, Feb. 10.

    Diana Overman, a fifth-grader at Harris Elementary School, was honored as a 2014 Riley Champion presented by Kroger at an all school ass (read full article)

    Parent-Teacher Conferences Canceled; School in Session Friday (Monday, January 27, 2014)

    Message from Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson:

    Because of the number of cancellations we have had this month and likely additional cancellations we will have this week, we have decided to cancel the Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. While we believe this time with parents is important, we have not been in (read full article)

    Pokagon Tobogganing Trip is canceled and will be re-scheduled. (Friday, January 24, 2014)

    Pokagon Tobogganing Trip is canceled and will be re-scheduled.

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    Washington Honored as Title I Distinguished School (Wednesday, January 15, 2014)

    Washington Elementary was honored Jan. 15 as a Title I Distinguished School, one of just two in the state to receive the award from the National Title I Association and Indiana Department of Education.

    Washington was recognized for closing the achievement gap between majority and minority students. Washington has consistently scored (read full article)

    Learn More About FWCS During Tuesday Tours (Friday, January 10, 2014)

    Families are invited to visit Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools during Tuesday Tours on Jan. 14, 21 and 28.

    Each school in the District will offer tours during school hours to allow families to see the work going on in each building prior to the Jan. 31 deadline to submit school assignment applicatio (read full article)

    Student Artwork, Essays on Display to Inspire (Friday, January 10, 2014)

    Artwork and essays by students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will be on display from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Fort Wayne History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Student work is being highlighted during the annual Fort Wayne Area PTA Council’s Reflections and Citizenship Essay Showcase.

    The Reflections program is open t (read full article)

    Caywood Named 2013 IASP Elementary Principal of the Year (Tuesday, December 10, 2013)

    Holland Elementary School Principal J. Michael Caywood was recently named the 2013 Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) Elementary Principal of the Year.

    Caywood was named District Elementary Principal of District 3 earlier this year by his peers. District 3 is made up of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Lagrange, Noble, Steu (read full article)

    Anthis Fruit Sale Back for 24th Year (Tuesday, December 10, 2013)

    The 24th Annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale begins Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Anthis Automotive Center on the corner of Lafayette and Lewis streets (enter on Lewis Street). Fruit will be sold from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, or until all the fruit is sold.

    Proceeds from the sale support care (read full article)

    North Side Students Make Holidays Bright with Party for Kids Surviving Cancer (Wednesday, December 4, 2013)

    Students at North Side High School are getting ready for the school’s 27th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer, which will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd.

    Preparing for the party includes raising money, making contacts with community members for donations, shopping for gifts for each (read full article)

    FWCS Gives Thanks (Monday, November 25, 2013)

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, many schools in Fort Wayne Community Schools are helping those in need, preparing special meals and learning about the history and meaning of the holiday.

    One of the largest food drives in the district is the Great High School Food Drive, which began this month and ends Dec. 10. Several high school groups, (read full article)

    FWCS Begins Online Distribution of Flyers (Wednesday, November 20, 2013)

    Beginning today, Fort Wayne Community Schools will distribute flyers to parents electronically using the online service Peachjar.

    FWCS has long approved flyers from community organizations for family friendly and enrichment activities to be distributed to our students. Now, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly and reduce the (read full article)

    National PTA Recognizes Northrop as First "School of Excellence" Nationwide (Monday, November 18, 2013)

    National PTA President Otha Thornton will present the "School of Excellence" banner to Northrop High School during special celebration at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

    National PTA has recognized Northrop and Northrop PTSA as the first “School of Excellence” nationwide for their achievement in building effective family-schoo (read full article)

    Northrop PTSA Hosts Third Annual College & Career Night (Wednesday, November 13, 2013)

    The Northrop High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is hosting its third annual College & Career Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. The free event is open to all middle and high school students and their families.

    In attendance will be at least 15 colleges and univers (read full article)

    Energy Program Saves FWCS $862,000 in First Year (Tuesday, November 12, 2013)

    In the first year of its energy savings program Fort Wayne Community Schools has saved $862,333. FWCS began the Energy Leadership program in the spring of 2012 and surpassed its original annual savings goal of $590,000 as stipulated in the contract with Performance Services, an engineering company that specializes in energy efficiency.

    I (read full article)

    FWCS Celebrates Veterans Day (Friday, November 8, 2013)

    Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with activities and events at every school in the District. Most schools will celebrate on Monday, Nov. 11, but because of scheduling conflicts, some will celebrate on other days. Schools will honor veterans in their families, perform patriotic music and participate in assemblies (read full article)

    FWCS Seeks Input on School Choice (Tuesday, November 5, 2013)

    Fort Wayne Community Schools is asking parents and community members to provide critical feedback through a School Choice Survey to better understand what influences their decisions when choosing a school for their children.

    The survey was launched in time for the School Choice Fair on Nov. 2 to allow attendees the first opportunity to t (read full article)

    Guests See Life Inside a School as Principal for a Day (Tuesday, October 22, 2013)

    Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 55 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event – the District's largest group of guest principals ever. Guests representing local businesses, service organizations and community groups, as well as several State Representatives a (read full article)

    Strategic Data Fellow Hired Through TIF Grant (Tuesday, October 15, 2013)

    The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Oct. 14, approved the hiring of a new administrator to analyze data as part of the District’s work with the Teacher Incentive Fund grant.

    Yueming Jia, Strategic Data Fellow

    Dr. Yueming Jia joins FWCS on Oct. 22 as the District’s Stra (read full article)

    FWCS Welcomes Notable Alumni to School Choice Fair (Monday, October 14, 2013)

    Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual School Choice Fair from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road, featuring special appearances by notable FWCS alumni, including a professional musician, doctor, lawyer and pro football player.

    The event is held each year to gives families an opportunity to (read full article)

    New Tech Teacher Receives Milken Award (Thursday, October 3, 2013)

    Ginger Giessler, an English teacher at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School, is a recipient of the 2013 Milken Educator Award, a prestigious national award recognizing the exceptional work of teachers. The award comes with an unrestricted $25,000 prize.

    The surprise announcement was made at an assembly Thursday, Oct. 3, at Wayne by Dr. (read full article)

    FWCS Budget Remains Flat for 2014 (Wednesday, September 25, 2013)

    The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 23, reviewed the 2014 budget, which will remain relatively flat in expenditures

    The $275 million plan is just 0.2 percent more than the 2013 budget. The flat budget presents long-term financial challenges for FWCS, the state’s largest school district. The fi (read full article)

    Schools Celebrate Constitution Day (Monday, September 16, 2013)

    Schools throughout the District will learn about the Constitution of the United States with focused lessons and guest speakers who will share their knowledge of the Constitution.

    Constitution Day was established by Congress in 2004 to acknowledge the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Schools are required to teach about (read full article)

    Study Connection Kicks Off 25th Year (Tuesday, September 3, 2013)

    Study Connection will celebrate its 25th year of helping students with the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Thursday, Sept. 5. The event honors volunteers and students for their accomplishments and will feature keynote speaker Erin Gruwell, the English teacher who worked with a group of students known as the Freedom Writers, a group (read full article)

    New Principal Appointed to Shambaugh (Wednesday, August 28, 2013)

    The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the hiring of a new principal for Shambaugh Elementary School.

    Shannon Rodgers, Shambaugh Elementary Principal Shannon Rodgers was appointed principal of Shambaugh Elementary School. She began her education career in 2005 as a teacher inWisconsinand (read full article)

    FWCS, Teachers Reach Two-Year Agreement (Wednesday, August 28, 2013)

    Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association have agreed on a two-year contract that incorporates new state laws regarding teacher contracts and salary increases, as well as the Teacher Incentive Fund grant the District received from the U.S. Department of Education to improve pay structures and provide greater professio (read full article)

    FWCS Students Return Monday (Friday, August 16, 2013)

    Fort Wayne Community Schools will kick-off a new year with students returning Monday, Aug. 19. With that in mind, FWCS officials remind the community to prepare and take extra caution as students and parents return to the streets.

    More than 300 yellow buses will be on the roads starting at 6 a.m., and thousands of students will be walkin (read full article)

    Families Welcomed to Back-to-School Nights (Thursday, August 15, 2013)

    Schools are welcoming students and parents back to school over the next few weeks for the annual Back-to-School Nights. The events give families the opportunity to see where their children learn as they tour the schools, visit classrooms and meet teachers. This year, families will also get to see building improvements made over the summer as wel (read full article)

    New Administrators Approved for 2013-14 School Year (Tuesday, August 13, 2013)

    The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved three administrative appointments Monday, Aug. 12.

    Debora Krauhs, Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center Principal Debora Krauhs was appointed as the new principal of Bunche after nearly 20 years in education. She joined FWCS in 1994 as a substitut (read full article)

    FWCS Employees Pack 300 Backpacks for Students (Wednesday, August 7, 2013)

    Three hundred students will start the 2013-14 school year with a backpack full of new supplies from Fort Wayne Community Schools employees.

    Several FWCS employees will spend Friday morning packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, markers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 20th year the employees in the Grile Admin (read full article)